gamers (25%) found this review helpful
Interesting plot and fairly good graphics, but it's completely ruined by the frustrating and unnecessarily complicated battle system, which is in turn made even worse by the unusually high frequency of random monster encounters. The battle system has minimal narrative justification, it just feels like it was tacked on because they couldn't think of anything else to do.
A good RPG is first and foremost about the story and the characters, followed by the problem-solving. Gratuitous tests of one's button-mashing reflexes have very little place in the genre.
I am about 28 hours into the game and it has now frozen and I cannot proceed further. I would still like to finish this game but I cannot due to the freeze. I'm sending it back to you today but rather than sending whats next on my Q could you send me a better working version of shadowhearts covenant?
STORY/7:can't say much without spoiling it but it's a good story nothing really new.
GAMEPLAY/10:the battle system works fantastically you use the judgement ring for attacking,magic,using items,the lottery and even for getting shop discounts.basically the ring has a small pointer that spins around the ring and you have to hit certain points i.e. magic has steps and attacks have normal and critical hit areas.also you can customize the ring for each character with more attacks or a bigger hit or critical area with items you get from the "ring soul".on top of that every character has some type of special ability like:turning into monsters,muscle arts,sword arts etc. and every special ability levels in it's own way like: collecting soul energy from monsters,defeating wolfs around the world in the "wolf bout" and collecting musical scores from people.
GRAPHICS and VOICE ACTING/8 and 3: the graphics are great for it's time but the voice acting can get very cheesy at times
REPLAY/5:theres not anything that comes to mind that i would go back for except special ability evolving.
TOTAL/9 the game plays great and there are few flaws like easy bosses at many areas lame voices and a very occasional ring glitch here and there all in all a fantastic game.